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* Jaipur foot team to fit artificial limbs for Sri Lanka IDPs at Menik Farms returns to India
Sat, Apr 10, 2010, 07:57 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Apr 09, Colombo: The Jaipur Foot, the Indian NGO team, who were in Sri Lanka to fit artificial limbs to the war-disabled in the North is returning to India after nearly a month-long stay in the region providing their services to over 1000 disabled internally displaced persons (IDPs).

A press release issued by the High Commission of India in Colombo said the Government of India arranged for the deputation of an artificial limb fitment camp in the Northern Province from March 13 to April 8, 2010.

The camp, which is fully funded by the Government of India, was run by a team of 19 experts from the Jaipur-based Bhagwan Mahavir Viklang Sahayata Samiti (BMVSS), the non-governmental organization better known as "Jaipur Foot".

A ceremony was held at the Hotel Taj Samudra on Friday to hand over certificates of appreciation to the 19 team members of BMVSS with the participation of High Commissioner of India, Ashok K. Kantha.

The Secretary to the Ministry of Social Services and Social Welfare and Brigadier Sudhantha Ranasinghe, Commissioner General for Rehabilitation, handed over the certificates of appreciation to the team members.

Dr. A.S.A. Safras, Rehabilitation Coordinator for Northern Province, Ministry of Healthcare and Nutrition made a presentation on the camp.

The Jaipur Foot camp was set up in Zone 1 of Menik Farm in Vavuniya district. It was run from the same location where the Indian emergency hospital had earlier, in 2009, treated nearly 50,000 IDPs.

The camp, which was officially inaugurated on March 19 by the High Commissioner and Minister for Social Services and Social Welfare Douglas Devananda, started functioning from 13th March 2010.

By the time the camp closed on 8th April, it had fitted artificial limbs and other devices to 1,400 beneficiaries in all. These included 1,087 prosthesis (limbs), 123 orthosis (calipers), and 190 crutches.

"The Government of India remains committed to continuing its assistance to the IDP population in the Northern Province with a view to helping them return to lives of peace, normalcy, and dignity," the press release said.

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